Ajira Digital Training Program

Train & mentor 10,000 youth in Kenya on Online Work


The Ministry of ICT in partnership with the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners in the civil society and private sector set up the Ajira Digital Program to bridge the gap between skills demand and lack of jobs.

The program’s aim was to introduce young people to online digital work and provide the tools, training and mentorship needed for young people to work and earn an income with dignity achieving the country’s objective of a globally competitive knowledge-based middle-income economy in an increasingly digital world.

The Program’s aim was to position Kenya as a choice labor destination for multinational companies as well as encourage local companies and public sector to create digital work catapulting Kenya into the Global map, to be recognized as a Freelance hub by 2022.


The African Centre for Women Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) was awarded a consultancy to train 4,000 inexperienced online workers at Kenyatta University and 750 inexperienced online workers at Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology. 

  • Develop an integrated curriculum for new online workers
  • Train 10,000 Kenyan Youth on Online Work, 
  • Map online work opportunities for the trainees and provide mentorship for trainees to successfuly guide them into the world of freelancing


The training began on 5th June and went through to 30th June, 2017 for Kenyatta University while RVIST started on 5th June and run through to 7th July, 2017.

A total of 4232 trainees (3062 men and 1170 women) were trained by the ACWICT over a five week period.


Mentorship was one of the main components of the Ajira program training program for beginners in online work to see them transit to self-employment. It provided the young people trained under the Ajira Digital Program with a bridge from training to the world of online work, ultimately increasing their employment and income generating capacities. The mentorship was conducted for one month immediately after training.

Program Impact

The trainees were able to bid for jobs and successfully begin earning. Of the 4232 young people trained, 2562 (1908 males, 654 female) completed online profiles in UpWork, Guru, Freelancers platforms. 159 starting bidding, 34 had winning bids and 12 started earning.

They embraced online work beyond the training, noting the huge possibilities it had to address unemployment. 

Trained on Online Work

Completed Online Profiles

Started Online Bidding

Don’t just go online for social media,” advices Bilha – A Graduate of Ajira Digital, “Use the internet to earn a living.”

Bilha Ondieki, the English Literature graduate says that sometimes she finds herself without work and money. She has never relented her efforts of searching for employment. When she learnt about the Ajira Digital Program from social media, she took it upon herself to...

Anne Kinuthia: How the 5 Day Ajira Digital Training, landed me a 24hr Job that earned me Ksh. 1,400

Despite being competent and a certified Accountant Anne Nyambura, had never gotten formal employment. But that did not discourage her and when her mother offered her a job at their local café she did not turn it down. She ended up spending most...

ACWICT Equips Over 4500 Young People With Online Work Skills Under The Ajira Digital Program.

ACWICT commends the participants for staying disciplined throughout the training and giving it the seriousness it deserves.

Success Stories from Week 1 of Ajira Training Program

Success Stories from Week 2 of Ajira Training Program

Success Stories from Week 3 of Ajira Training Program